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Horsily Whispered Wisdom

Are horses the better humans? Would they be better employees?

Somehow yes!

As horses are prey animals, in their savage state they live in groups. Inside the groupe every animal has its function and position to be able to react in case of a threat coming from the outside of the groupe.

This might be comparable to a perfectly functioning soccer team, where every player has his/her position to react in function of friend or foe arriving.

As neither the horses nor the soccer players are omnipotent, it may arrive that their adversary plays around their defense strategy which has usually negative consequences. In the case of the horses it may be an animal killed by a predator, in the case of soccer, it may be the loss of the ball to the other team who might make a goal.

After this loss, the horses need to regroup, reattribute positions and functions to replace the lost companion to be able to discover very early potential attacks. Soccer players should also retake their positions and functions and try to re-obtain the ball. But they might be demoralized by a strong adversary.

There we have the difference between horses and perfectly functioning soccer teams. Horses observe constantly their environment to be able to react instantly to threats, mostly in running away. They do not demotivate because of a stronger adversary, they just have 2 possibilities: run and hopefully live or stand still and be the victim.

Soccer players are predators, as are all humans, they attack the adversary to get the ball back in their camp to be able to win the game.

The ultimate goal of a horse is to graze and sleep undisturbed.

The ultimate goal of the soccer player is to attribute to the success of his team.

Now, why does the prey animal horse accepts the predator, the human, that close?

Probably because the domesticated horse has understood, that the predator aliments it, provides shelter and protection, and only uses it for about one or two hours a day to sit on its back or walk beside, doing funny exercises.

Would the soccer player let the adversary win if he gave him food and shelter?

But even the domesticated and nearly humanized horse still keeps some primary reflexes: it observes closely its environment, interprets the body language of other animals around it and reacts in function. It sometimes over-interprets things and sees threats in non-moving objects, it’s all part of its nature.

Because of this part of its being, the horse is very valuable as a sparring partner for leadership learning, as it mirrors and reacts to the posture and body language of the human.

Berg Global Consulting proposes Horse Assisted Leadership Learning with the aim to help you understand the importance of body language and awareness in the context of team-building and company culture.

Fancy a try?

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